Tuesday, July 2, 2013 , Updated 3:05 p.m., July 5, 2013
UPDATED: Frisco sexual assault suspect taken into custody after threatened suicide jump
Kevin Hilty came into contact with his young victims while working at a private soccer program.
A suspect in a Frisco police investigation regarding the sexual abuse of minors was apprehended by Dallas police on Monday after he threatened to jump off a major overpass in the city.
Kevin Michael Hilty, 42, was arrested by Frisco Police on June 27 and charged with four counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14, a first-degree felony. Hilty was released from Denton County Jail after he posted the $1 million bond set for his charges -- $250,000 for each count.
A statement released by the Frisco Police Department said Hilty came into contact with his victims while working at a private soccer program. Tournament records indicate Hilty coached a soccer team in Frisco for boys ages 12 and younger.
At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dallas police responded to the High Five Interchange overpass after receiving a call that Hilty was attempting to jump. A statement released by the Dallas Police Department said Hilty "was distraught over a personal situation and was threatening to take his life." Dallas patrol officers blocked the streets and ramps near the overpass and called a SWAT negotiator.
Following a negotiation that lasted about 3 1/2 hours, Hilty surrendered to police and was taken to Medical City Dallas Hospital. The lanes closed during the incident, including northbound North Central Expressway and eastbound Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, were reopened at about 6:30 p.m.
[UPDATE: A representative of the Dallas Police Department said no charges are currently filed against Hilty in Dallas County, though the spokeswoman declined to say if he had been released from the hospital.
Affidavits for Hilty’s arrest state he sexually abused four 12-year-old boys on his soccer team at his home, though some of the boys said the abuse continued at a birthday party earlier this year at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. According to the documents, the boys said Hilty would call them demeaning names to pressure them into taking off their clothes.
Boys who said they were abused by Hilty were interviewed by police last week, as were their parents. More boys may have been sexually assaulted as well, according to the affidavits. The alleged abuse dates back to November.
Hilty allegedly made the boys swim naked at his pool and forced them to play a “game” involving the measurement of their genitals. The affidavits claim Hilty “admitted to participating in the game” and that he was also naked when it took place. Though he initially downplayed the allegations during a police interview, he later admitted what he did was wrong, the affidavits state.]
Sgt. Brad Merritt, a spokesman for the Frisco Police Department, said the investigation of Hilty's alleged sexual abuse is ongoing and more charges are possible, though no timeframe exists for when an indictment could occur.
"Because this is a juvenile case, we aren't releasing much information," he said. "We have a firm grasp of the case and don't have anything further to add at this time."
Hilty faces up to life in prison for each sexual abuse count; the minimum term for a conviction of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 is 25 years.
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